As a teenager I loved Asimov and his visions for the future. Now in our world of technological advancements these sci-fi classics become more like 'steam punk' with some concepts still well out of our reach (like the positronic brain) and others left far behind. Contact lenses you can leave in overnight! A collection of book-films in your home! Travelling along a series of conveyor belts? A keypad that transmits a signal to a computer 15 miles away! Amazing! As a whodunnit the story works on one level, and although there isn't anything outstanding in the plot Asimov devises it's inventive enough to keep your interest and to justify listening. Dufris' narration is difficult to assess. His Elijah sounds chronically tired and emotionless which really detracts from the whole, yet his other characterisations are well executed. If you're a sci-fi fan, and particularly if you'd like to get to know the original Mr Data, you'll enjoy this start to the saga of R. Daneel Olivaw, and you'll think about the significance of his last line well after you've finished listening.
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